Tag Archives: Aleppo

Syrian army signals further operations against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo

BEIRUT: The Syrian army said on Thursday that recent advances against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo were a starting point for further operations to drive the jihadist group back and extend government control in the area. The army’s general command said in a statement it had recently recaptured more than 30 towns and farms, confirming… Read More »

Turkish military says Syria's al-Bab to Aleppo highway under full control

ANKARA: Turkey-backed Syrian rebel forces besieging Islamic State-controlled al-Bab have gained full control of the highway linking the town to Aleppo with intense ground and air fire support, the Turkish military said on Wednesday. In its daily round-up of the near four-month-old “Euphrates Shield” operation to push Islamic State away from the border area, the… Read More »

Syrian rebels say new deal reached to secure Aleppo evacuation

BEIRUT: A new deal has been reached to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo which had stalled over demands from pro-government forces that two villages besieged by rebels also be evacuated, a Syrian rebel told news channel al-Arabiya al-Hadath on Saturday. Rebel official al-Farouk Abu Bakr, speaking from Aleppo, said the deal… Read More »

Aleppo evacuation set to begin after new ceasefire deal

ALEPPO: The evacuation of the last rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo was set to begin on Thursday (Dec 15), with opposition fighters and civilians preparing to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria’s second city, handing the… Read More »

Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as US, Russia to meet

ALEPPO: Syrian warplanes again pounded Aleppo’s last rebel-held districts, as the United States said American and Russian officials would meet Saturday (Dec 10) in a bid to save the city from “complete” destruction. With the fighting resuming after a brief respite, the UN General Assembly demanded an immediate ceasefire and urgent aid deliveries, in a… Read More »

Battle for Aleppo escalates, UN sees 'bleak moment'

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels fought fiercely with pro-government forces as they tried to advance into opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo on Friday and warplanes kept up their bombardment of the area in a renewed bid by Damascus to retake the entire city. The U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Friday the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced… Read More »

US's Kerry says discussed Aleppo, Ukraine with Russia's Lavrov

LIMA: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Thursday he discussed “all aspects” of Aleppo, Syria and Ukraine in a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov did not comment when asked about the future of the Iran nuclear agreement that Russia helped broker once Donald Trump becomes president of the United… Read More »

EU says Russian, Syrian Aleppo bombing may be 'war crimes'

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union on Monday (Oct 17) strongly condemned Russia for the bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying air strikes by Moscow and Damascus could amount to war crimes. “Since the beginning of the offensive by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, the intensity and scale of the aerial bombardment of… Read More »

Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies

BEIRUT: Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had turned the city into a slaughterhouse. Two patients died in one of the hospitals and other shelling killed six residents… Read More »